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Learner Success Agenda Complete Plan

College-wide credential attainment success measure:  By 2016, increase first-time, full-time degree seeking graduation and certificate completion rate (within the 150% time frame) from 29% to 38%.

Individually and collectively through their daily work, all employees will develop and implement improvement goals aligned with the “Learner Success Agenda” to reach annual academic year measures. (July 1, 2012)
 

Instructional Innovation  |  Program Effectiveness  |  Educational Delivery
Regional Leadership  |  Market Intelligence  |  Operational Excellence  |   Information Excellence

 
Educational Delivery (Jon Neff)
  
To strengthen strategic and flexible educational delivery capabilities.

Objective #1
Provide educational delivery when, where and how our learner segments need it.

Tactics:Leader:Dates:
icon 1.1 Implement alternative/innovative scheduling options. (Jeff Mitchell)09/01/2011 - 07/31/2013
Updates:
October 2013:Completion Report:

The committee has identified an Open Entry/Open Exit pathway to success.  It is not one that we had originally conceived but it is a hybrid model that has evolved due to many roadblocks with enrollment processes and Financial Aid. The new model is to direct students who need the flexibility to start right away to the CE courses that will then articulate to credit and allow the student to transfer them in to the credit side. This will follow the policy created by Instructional Innovation 2.6.

September 2013:

The committee has identified an Open Entry/Open Exit pathway to success. It is not one that we had originally conceived but it is a hybrid model that has evolved due to many roadblocks with enrollment processes and financial aid. The new model is to direct students who need the flexibility to start right away to the CE courses that will then articulate to credit and allow the student to transfer them in to the credit side. This will follow the policy created by Instructional Innovation 2.6.

January 2013:

This tactic team will start developing a "Users Manual" to implement open entry/self-paced courses at Kirkwood.  This manual will cover issues, such as:

1.  Financial Aid

2.  Schedule Building

3.  Faculty Loading/Pay

4.  Bookstore/textbooks

5.  Scheduling/Contact hours.

6.  Marketing

7.  Student Intake

8.  Awarding credit

Appropriate Kirkwood employees to assist in answering these critical questions to be included in the Users Manual will be invited to the tactic meeting starting January 31, 2013, through July 25, 2013.

September 2012:

Flexible Scheduling Options:  Open Entry/Open Exit and K-Term

9/17/2012 update

Great work has been accomplished over the summer.  Three courses from the Industrial Maintenance Technologies program, Industrial Maintenance Math Fundamentals, Applied Physics I, and Industrial Maintenance I, have been identified to be offered Open Entry/Open Exit starting fall, 2013.  Curriculum is being re-written to include updates on technological advances and to facilitate flexible scheduling.

Through national research our team has learned the importance of imbedding upfront “learning contracts” into flexible scheduling curriculum, signed by both faculty and students, to enhance learning outcomes and student success including structured “touch stone” points where students regularly meet with faculty throughout their learning experience.  Student orientations must also be uniquely structured for these students to address the unique needs and demands of flexible scheduling.

Monthly tactic team meetings will commence early October to further identify and address roadblocks that exist for flexible scheduling to be successful including Financial Aid, registration process and procedures, payroll and online orientations.

The completion date for this tactic remains fall, 2013.

January 2012:

Jan. 5, 2012

 

The Educational Delivery team has made great strides toward creating and implementing two flexible scheduling options for credit students:

 

1.  OPEN ENTRY/OPEN EXIT.  This flexible scheduling model will allow students to enroll in designated credit programs which start every Monday throughout the year and progress at their own rate to successful completion.  "Alpha" programs identified to implement this initiative starting Sept. 1, 2013 are 1; All Industrial Maintenance Technologies related programs.  2; Energy Production and Distribution Technologies program.   

2.  K-TERM.  This flexible scheduling model will allow students to enroll in designated credit courses commencing at non-semester start times throughout the year and concluding in 6 wks. or less. 

Thank You.

Jeff Mitchell

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Full Tactic Team:
Bobbi Miller
Dale Monroe
Kristin Hanson
Marcel Kielkucki
Peg Julius
icon 1.2 Improve access to documents and applications for learners, faculty and employees through technology solutions. (Darren Zabloudil)09/01/2011 - 09/30/2013
Updates:
October 2013:

Installed on 350 machines, thin laptops have incredible battery life and are replacing the laptops in carts at regional sites.

April 2013:

This tactic team had a quiet quarter.  The technical team focused on evaluating a profile management solution, which will allow students and employees to move from one computer to the next without losing their settings, preferences and favorites.  In addtion, we have been focusing on prepping the Application Virtualization solution to be ready to deploy at the new Linn Regional facility when it comes online in May.  With this change in technical focus, the next steps for the tactic team will be to work with the Linn Regional faculty to mentor them on the Virtualization platform.

February 2013:

For the last quarter of 2012, this team has been focusing on how to address the change management, as we proceed in getting the application virtualization solution ready for user testing.  This team has nominated about 10 Faculty to be early adopters to help us test this solution.  The members of this team will take on a mentorship role to help our early adopter testers understand the solution, and will be the conduit to the technical team.  We will be utilizing a “user experience” survey to help us identify the tender or hot spots which will help us in prioritizing the applications for testing.  The first version of the survey was sent to a small sampling, so that we can understand best how to ask the questions that will help us get the directed answers needed. 

This next quarter, we’ll be working with our early adopters, as well as testing how this solution can be deployed to our new Linn Regional Center.

September 2012:

EagleApps! We have officially named this virtualization solution. The video we produced and showed at the Kirkwood Kickoff was well received.

We are ready to expand our team count to 10. Recently, we have enlisted the services of Justin Thoensen (IT Project Manager) to assist us in building the project plan and timelines. In the coming weeks, we will be adding four more members to the tactic team.  We are hoping to get one member from Marketing, one member from Learning Services, one member from our county center communities and one faculty representative from our Iowa City campus. By adding team members, we'll be better able to mentor our early adopters and manage all of the communication and governance tasks.

Also, in the coming weeks, we'll start with 8-12 early adopters. These will be faculty members that will test out and verify that the software they use in their classrooms work properly in the virtual environment. Once they are satisfied with the user experience, then we'll put this virtual solution in place within their classrooms for their students to use. These early adopters will be very important and integral to this solution becoming an enterprise solution.

This tactic team will also manage a formal review process of Office 365. This is the upgrade to Live@edu, which is the solution we use for our student email.  Based on the findings of this review, we'll know how much effort we will need in delivering Microsoft Office to our learners.

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Full Tactic Team:
Daniel (D.J.) Hennager
Danielle Allen
Emily McWorthy
Nicole Forsythe

Objective #2
Assess and expand support services for distance learners.

Tactics:Leader:Dates:
icon 2.1 Implement a mandatory competency assessment to be successful distance learners and distance instructors. (Tim McGee)06/01/2012 - 01/15/2013
Updates:
January 2013:Completion Report:

This tactic will be closed, as it has been combined with Instructional Innovation.

January 2013:

This tactic will be closed, as it has been combined with Instructional Innovation.

September 2011:Tactic does not start until June 2012. Met with other tactic leaders and initiative leader for a kickoff meeting and orientation to the tools.
Full Tactic Team:
No Assigned Members
icon 2.2 Develop a menu of ideal learner attributes for each primary delivery method to prepare and inform our students for success. (Curtis Mitchell)09/01/2011 - 09/30/2013
Updates:
September 2013:

The team has completed its high level specifications in May 2013. We are now partnering with ACT to determine if it makes sense to collaborate on a solution they have been working on.

January 2013:

Major accomplishments from the prior report are:Team met Oct. 19, Nov. 2,  Nov. 9, Nov. 16,  Dec. 7, and Jan. 16 (2013).  Two presentations were made:  One to a diverse group of KCC folks on Nov. 30 to receive feedback and one at the Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 17, 2013.  A PARK request for IT resources was submitted to implement “My Learner Profile.”  Permission was received to use and choose portions of the MSLQ for “Personal Characteristics” portion of the Profile. 

 

New items that our team learned regarding our initiative:  The Learning Style Inventory we planned to use was “taken down” by the community college that authored and hosted it.  We looked at alternatives and concluded that creating a LSI specifically for Kirkwood would be a logical thing to do.

 

Activities that will be worked on during next 0 to 90 days:    We will further refine the 4 distinct areas of the profile and work on the report students receive upon completing the 4 areas.  We will arrange for creation of a Learning Styles Inventory (and report) that will be owned by Kirkwood.

 

The completion date of this initiative is expected to be:  We’ve reached our initial goal and hope to receive IT assistance and resources required to put “My Learner Profile” into place.  

September 2012:

Team will resume meeting in October.   Work remaining: “My Learner Profile” and the “Educational Delivery Matrix” will be enhanced;  Present  proposal to various groups for feedback; Work with IT/Marketing to put the Learner Profile into EagleNet;  Develop a Communication Plan to ensure that students, faculty and staff are aware of the Profile and can use it to assist students with matching their learner attributes with primary delivery methods to improve student success.

May 2012:

Team meetings were held April 6, 20 and 27, and May 4, 15 and 18.  We presented to Cabinet on May 14.  Cabinet members completed the DVC Learning Styles College Student Assessment prior to the presentation.  We propose to use this tool as part of “My Learner Profile.”   Plans are to house this Profile in EagleNet, to ensure easy and private access for students.

Team will resume meeting in October.   Work remaining: “My Learner Profile” and the “Educational Delivery Matrix” will be enhanced;  Present  proposal to various groups for feedback; Work with IT/Marketing to put the Learner Profile into EagleNet;  Develop a Communication Plan to ensure that students, faculty and staff are aware of the Profile and can use it to assist students with matching their learner attributes with primary delivery methods to improve student success.

Close connections with Advising and Orientation Tactics are clear.

Anticipated completion date:   March 1, 2013

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Full Tactic Team:
Barbara Mussman
Chris Cronbaugh
Cort Iverson
Curtis Mitchell
Jayne Wumkes
Jed Peterson
Kay Forest